Michael Hirsh

Stories by Michael Hirsh

  • The World According to John McCain

    He's both the consummate pragmatist and a zealous crusader for causes he feels just. The question is which America needs now.
  • A Slip-Up, Then a Spin

    An offhand assertion by Sen. John McCain last week has become a litmus test for one of the presidential campaign's biggest questions: who's really ready to be commander in chief? While in the Mideast, McCain asserted that it's "common knowledge … that Al Qaeda is going back into Iran and receiving training and are coming back into Iraq from Iran." After his friend and supporter, Sen. Joe Lieberman, whispered in his ear, McCain quickly corrected himself. "I'm sorry," he said, "the Iranians are training extremists, not Al Qaeda." Democrats pounced, saying McCain's comments show he doesn't even know the difference between Shiites in Iran and the Sunnis who run Al Qaeda. McCain's team shot back, calling the Dems naive about Iran. His supporters pointed to the 9/11 Commission finding that contacts likely occurred between Tehran and Al Qaeda. "This whole idea that Shiite Iran wouldn't aid Sunni extremists is laughable and would certainly be news to Hamas, the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade,...
  • Foreign Battleground

    The commander-in-chief test is no breeze. Obama and Clinton pass some sections, but need help in others.
  • Campaign 2008: A Game of Survivor

    Hillary takes Texas and Ohio, setting back Obama and staying alive. But with McCain securing the Republican nomination, will the continuing battle between the two Democrats cost them the White House?
  • McCain-Obama Showdown on Iraq

    The spat between John McCain and Barack Obama over Iraq reflects tensions within the military itself.
  • Obama: Good for the Jews?

    Hillary Clinton's surrogates are questioning Obama's commitment to U.S.-Israel relations.
  • Hirsh: Beyond Bush

    Bush's stamp will linger long after tonight's speech.
  • The Supplicant-in-Chief

    As America goes begging for foreign bailouts, get ready for the president's new role.
  • Bush’s Eyes Mideast Legacy

    Bush is pushing his policies hard in the Mideast, but he's also preparing the ground for his successor.
  • Bothersome Intel on Iran

    In public, President Bush has been careful to reassure Israel and other allies that he still sees Iran as a threat, while not disavowing his administration's recent National Intelligence Estimate. That NIE, made public Dec. 3, embarrassed the administration by concluding that Tehran had halted its weapons program in 2003, which seemed to undermine years of bellicose rhetoric from Bush and other senior officials about Iran's nuclear ambitions. But in private conversations with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert last week, the president all but disowned the document, said a senior administration official who accompanied Bush on his six-nation trip to the Mideast. "He told the Israelis that he can't control what the intelligence community says, but that [the NIE's] conclusions don't reflect his own views" about Iran's nuclear-weapons program, said the official, who would discuss intelligence matters only on the condition of anonymity.Bush's behind-the-scenes assurances may help to...
  • Bush Shakes Up ’08 Iraq Debate

    Bush's efforts to negotiate a long-term U.S-Iraq pact may remove troops as an '08 election issue for Obama, Clinton.
  • Bhutto and Democracy

    As Pakistan threatens to fall into chaos, the martyred Benazir Bhutto may become in death what she never achieved in life
  • Hirsh: Will Israel Strike Iran?

    A unilateral military strike against Iran is much more likely following the latest intel report about Tehran's nuke program.
  • Poll: Huckabee Surges in Iowa

    The new NEWSWEEK poll shows the former Arkansas governor now has a two-to-one lead over Romney, while Barack improves against Hillary.
  • Hirsh: Forget War with Iran

    That's the main implication of the startling new intelligence estimate that Tehran isn't working on a bomb. But the long-term impact is just as significant. A look at the winners and losers.